"We continue to search the area in the hope of finding her alive [but] because of the proximity of these items near the creek bank, we can not rule out the possibility of a crocodile attack".
"It is my deep regret to inform you that following an extensive search and the discovery of certain items as a result of that search, we have the firm belief that my nan Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances", she said.
Anne Cameron, 79, disappeared from a Port Douglas nursing home on Tuesday, with police unable to rule out the possibility she had been attacked by a crocodile after wandering down to a nearby river. Of course as the days progress that option will diminish and as time goes by we will continue to reassess our searching options.
Police said the remains found at Port Douglas have been sent for further testing, but there is no indication of foul play.
A MISSING elderly woman is feared to have been killed by a crocodile after cops found possible human remains and a walking stick near a croc-infested creek.
He said Department of Environment and Heritage Protection officers would patrol the area tonight "in the event that there has been a croc involved in this missing person".
Clothes and a walking stick with Ms Cameron's name on it were discovered on Thursday at the end of Four Mile Beach. "Family have been notified and have asked for their privacy".
Police have confirmed clothing has been found beside a small creek which runs off the Mowbray River.
The Cairns Post reported that at least three big crocodiles were regularly seen in the waterways around the area.
Fellow resident Judith Wright said she saw Ms Cameron walking towards the facility's administration building shortly before 4:00 on Tuesday, the day she disappeared.
A major search has been underway since yesterday with the clothing items located at the isolated creek today.